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Dr. August Wald, PhD.

August Wald has a PhD and is Island Teas director, writer, marketing consultant and technical adviser. He has done extensive research and writing on alternative therapies for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with a focus on Metaphysical, alternative and integrated therapy approaches to wellness.

Beneficial in the treatment of diabetes, high blood pressure, irritability, headaches, stomach cramps, disturbed sleeping patterns, insomnia, nervous …

Tea Plantation

Q: What is tea?
A: The tea plant is an evergreen of the Camellia family that is native to China, Tibet and northern India. There are two main varieties  …

Tea Map

Tea Comes to Europe - Some 5000 years ago tea was dicovered by the emperor Shen Nung. Much later China introduced tea to Japan by a Buddhist priest named …

Tea Temple

The Legendary Origins of Tea - The story of tea began in ancient China over 5,000 years ago. According to legend, Shen Nung, an early emperor was a skilled ruler, creative scientist and patron of the arts. His far-sighted edicts required, among other things, that all drinking water be boiled as a hygienic precaution

Tea Map of the World

This informative map shows the world-wide usage of tea. Click the image for a larger view.


Step 1. Heat your matcha bowl by adding very hot water and allowing it to sit for a few minutes. Then, empty and DRY COMPLETELY.

Step 2. With special bamboo tea spoon, add 1 1/2 ~ 1 3/4 spoon fulls of thin matcha …

Brewing is more appropriately use an alcohol making term. Steeping tea is really quite easy. Here are some instructions for brewing a perfect cup of tea.

By far, the best way to brew tea is to use a tea infuser and pour the hot water over the tea leaves to steep.

First start with cold, great tasting, water. If your tap water does not taste good, then use filtered or bottled water. (I say to use cold water because a typical hot water heater will often add contaminants and reduce the amount of oxygen in the water, which is needed for flavor extraction).

Japanese Tea Ceremony

The Japanese tea ceremony is a ritualized way of preparing and drinking tea which was perfected in the latter half of the 18th century by Sen-no-Rikyu. It was inspired by Zen and continues to reflect the Zen ideals of aestheticism, peace, harmony and discipline. Today it is still a popular pastime, and for many it is a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of busy modern-day life.

Tea Guide

Loose Leaf and Gourmet Tea vs. Supermarket Tea

Like the many people who have switched from Sanka, Maxwell House or Folgers coffee after trying Starbucks so are folks today realizing the vast difference in quality and taste of loose leaf, Gourmet and Matcha green tea powdered teas.